[ Tanning Benefits ]

The lesser known tanning benefits

Many people believe that a fine brown color shows how healthy you are!

That’s why so many people turn to the sun for a bronzed beach goddess look. Although excessive exposure to the sun has been named as a cancer risk, we all know that the sun is important to our health since it helps in many biological processes within our bodies. We all need the sun in order to live a healthy life. Scientists have taken a closer look at sunlight and they have exposed the lesser-known ultraviolet light benefits.

·        What is UV light?

I know there are some of us who really do not understand what UV light is. When talking about the dangers of sunlight exposure, we are precisely talking about UV light which is ionizing radiation. UV light is divided into three categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC. The UVC light is not as harmful as UVA which is the harmful. UVA light gets filtered by the ozone layer before it reaches us. This is to reduce the damaging effect of this light on our bodies.

·        UV light decreases blood pressure

Those people living in areas with less UV exposure have more cases of blood pressure than countries where sunlight is more. Clinical research findings show that UVB radiation treats mild hypertension patients. Much exposure to UV light during summer will result to lower blood pressure. Most scientists thought that vitamin D entirely caused decreased blood pressure but latest clinical trials proved that the effect was due to UVB exposure alone.

·        UV light decreases inflammation

UV light causes chemical reactions that have anti-inflammatory effects in the skin. Exposure to UV radiation can cause the immune cells living in the skin to stop functioning or undergo death. Since UV light has anti-inflammatory effects it can treat inflammatory skin conditions like eczema.

·        Protection against autoimmune conditions

Auto immune conditions are very common in countries with less UV exposure. There are many cases of multiple sclerosis in such countries .Lack of Vitamin D is the leading hypothesis for how multiple sclerosis develops. Minimal or total lack of sun exposure is an independent risk factor for nerve damage. In multiple sclerosis the immune cells attacks the areas around nerve cells in the brain leading to nerve damage.

·        It decreases cancer mortality

Research suggests that sun exposure can decrease the risk of developing prostrate, pancreatic and lung cancer. Studies suggest that the risk associated with sun exposure can be outweighed due to the sun ability to prevent several internal cancers. Scientist’s state that the number of patients diagnosed in summer is better than those diagnosed in winter. It’s now clear that vitamin D does not play any role in cancer prevention. Researcher has confirmed that UV radiation provides the protective effect against cancer.


UV exposure does not only have negative effect on our body but also the positive ones. Sun is the main source of vitamin D .Vitamin D helps in maintaining bone density by increasing calcium absorption in the gut and improving muscle strength in elderly.…

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[ Spray Tanning ]

Key Spray Tanning Facts

With increased skin cancer risk associated to sunbathing, more people tend to prefer spray tanning. But spray tanning could be as dangerous as any other form of tanning. This is because the active ingredient used in these products affects the genes of the person using them (i.e. after the product is absorbed through the skin or breathed into the lungs). Once the chemical is in your lungs it’s distributed very easily throughout your body via the bloodstream. This exposes your many body cells to cancer causing agents. Here are some facts you didn’t know about spray tanning.

a.      It’s impossible to maintain a spray tan

It’s so unfortunate that you cannot maintain your spray tan like you do with your eye brows. You have to enjoy your tan for about one week before starting fresh. Spraying a new tan on old tan makes you look patchy that’s why you should remove the old one first.

b.     Not safe breath it

Most spray tanners are made from active ingredient known as DHA which is very harmful to human health. This chemical can easily damage the skin cells exposing you to cancer risk. Spray tan also contains bronzers and other chemicals that are not safe if inhaled on regular basis. While using a spray tan you should use protection to prevent inhaling the poisonous chemical into your lungs as this can really damage your body cells.

c.      You cannot go Alcohol free

In the list of ingredients alcohol is a common ingredient in most of spray tan. The liquid acts as a thinning agent but it makes your skin look extra dry. When purchasing a spray tanner be sure to check on the ingredient list to ensure that alcohol is not the main one. This is because finding a spray tan that is alcohol free is totally hard.

d.     Well ventilated room is the best

Since inhaling spray tan is a big threat to your health you should pick a salon strategically. Always choose a room with ventilation and a fan for sucking away any overspray. Ask your technician for a low pressure and low volume machine since it reduces the overspray inhaled. A well ventilated room allows circulation of the air thus no risk to your health.

e.      Spray tan is not a base tan

A spray tan has no effect on your body melanin which causes your body to tan naturally. While using a spray tan you should consider using a light weight sunscreen to prevent getting a burn. Always remember that a spray tan is just like any other tanning product out there so you should follow all the precaution for appealing results.

f.       Shave beforehand

Shaving immediately before your tanning session can cause skin irritation when tanning. It’s advisable to shave at least a day before a spray tan. Shaving is a way of exfoliating that exposes the new skin cells that are so sensitive and if the pigment in spray tan reacts with them it can cause serious redness.…

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[ DOs n Don'ts ]

The Dos and Don’ts of Tanning

For many people, summer can never be complete without achieving that sun-kissed glow! It’s always important to remember that too much fun in the sun is hazardous for your health. You should consider all the precautions necessary during any tanning session. Here are the tanning dos and don’ts for any season.

Do not choose a tanning bed over the sun

All forms of UV exposure are dangerous but a tanning bed increases the health risk. Research by Skin Cancer Foundation has shown that women under the age of 30 are most likely to develop melanoma if they tan indoors. The risk of melanoma increases by 75 percent for those who use indoor tanners before their 35th birthday.

Exfoliate your skin before sunbathing

Exfoliation is the main preparation for any tanning session. Exfoliation helps in removing the dead skin cells leaving your skin so fresh for an even tan. When exfoliating you should be extra careful not to be too rough since this can cause your skin to be more sensitive thus causing irritation.

Check the UV index before heading out for fun in the sun

Are you planning a trip to the beach? It’s important to check the UV index in your area. This enables you to measure the amount of UV rays exposure for that particular day. If the index level is above five you should be careful since the risk is high. Always keep in mind that zero is the minimal exposure and 11 is the extreme exposure so you should take all the precautions if need be.

Get the right amount of protection

Prevention is better than cure. Always use a sunscreen with the coverage of SPF if you planning on spending a lengthy amount of time in the sun. Baby oil cannot and will never protect you from the sun harmful rays. Using a broad spectrum of protection daily is better than use all your savings for treatment when the UV rays strike you really hard. It’s better to be safe than sorry ladies.

Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen

Are you planning to be out in the sun lengthy amount of time? You make sure to reapply your sunscreen even if your product is of high quality. One application of the sunscreen cannot provide you with sun safety all day. Reapply your sunscreen after every two hours for defense.


Cancer treatment can be so hectic and expensive but you can always prevent developing it. Put into consideration all the precautions necessary for healthy living to protect against skin cancer risk. Tanning is optional and you may look even more gorgeous in your natural looks. Avoid the much hustle and use the home made self-tanning products that are totally free from chemicals and UV radiation.

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[ Tanning Dangers ]

What the dangers of tanning

Tanning is a good way to look cute, but there are various risks involved. If gone wrong, tanning can lead to serious skin damage and sometimes even death. In the case of sunbathing for a tan, cumulative skin damage by the UV rays can lead to many deformities like brown spots, skin cancer, and premature skin aging.

Those people who use tanning beds before the age of 40 are at a higher risk of suffering from melanoma (deadly skin cancer). Here are some of the dangers of tanning that you should know about.

a)     Premature aging

Unproductive exposure to UV rays breaks down the elastin fibers in healthy young skin causing loosened folds. This may not show on your skin for the anytime soon since premature aging is a long term UV side effect. Frequent sunburns result to a permanent darkening of the skin and dark spots. You should avoid UV exposure in order to maintain a healthy skin.

b)    Skin cancer

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer accounting for a lot of deaths each year. This cancer can be treated if detected in its early stages. Skin cancer can be hereditary but there is strong evidence that exposure to UV rays causes skin cancer. The UV rays damage the skin cell DNA causing the skin to grow abnormally. It also weakens the immune system thus the body’s defense mechanism is unable to fight against the aggressive cancer causing cells. Skin cancer occurs regardless your skin type. You should visit your doctor for frequent cancer checkups just to be on the safer side.

c)     Solar keratoses

Solar keratosis can progress into cancer. These are the most common pre-malignant skin conditions and are considered as the earliest stage in skin cancer development. Many people think that by doing skin tanning they are enhancing their beauty but the truth is that they are exposing themselves to solar keratoses. Keratoses are treated by dermatologists by removing them using liquid nitrogen. Why the much hustle when you can avoid all this pain by accepting your natural look.

d)    Tanning is addictive

Just like other cancer-causing activities tanning is addictive. Research has shown that tanning is addictive in that despite the many people being diagnosed with melanoma tanning is more popular than ever. A recent study states that some people who have been diagnosed with melanoma are still using indoor tanning beds.

e)     Immune system suppression

The World Health Organization has stated that all people are vulnerable to the effect of immune suppression regardless of the skin color. Much exposure to UV radiation may suppress the proper functioning of the immune system increasing sensitivity to sunlight. This also causes the body reaction to certain medications. Overexposure to UV radiation weakens the immune system such that it can no longer keep some viruses like Herpes simplex virus under control. This leads to the reactivation of the infection risking your life

f)      Eye damage

Overexposure to UVA rays can cause to eye damage which is cataracts and photokeratitis.…

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Sexy and beauty
[ Cosmetics ]

How to choose your cosmetics

Finding the right make -up to wear for a natural look can be hard. The beauty aisle can be overwhelming due to the availability of so many over the counter products. Cosmetics are very effective if only the consumer knows what to look for. Do some homework on the product’s ingredients to make sure that they are safe for your skin. Skin characteristics may change significantly within a period of time making the change in the kind of cosmetic you choose. Looking natural requires some makeup application and skills too. Here are some tips on how to choose your cosmetics.

Consider your skin complexion

Getting a completely wrong color that is either too light or dark is not a wonder. This makes the cosmetics less eye-catching. Choose cosmetics that complement your skin type and minor flaws in your skin complexion will vanish. Deeper colors for eye shadow will be much  suitable for those with olive epidermis tone. Those who have pale skin ought for lighter shades eye makeup. People with the same skin color do not have the same skin tone since it largely depends on the genes. Cosmetics are meant for enhancing your look but not to overpower your skin tone.

Determine your skin tone

Skin tone is not your skin color but the color that is under your skin color which reflects against white. Your skin tone can be perfectly determined in natural light wearing something white and using a mirror to watch the reflection. There are only two basic skin tones warm and cool. Once you know your skin tone it’s much easier to select your cosmetics.

Know your skin type

Knowing your skin type is the most important thing before purchasing any skin care product. The basic facts you need to know here is whether your skin is dry, oily or sensitive. This has a great impact on how the product interacts with your skin. For example; if your skin is oily you should use an oil free primer before applying your makeup. You should avoid crèmes for eye shadow and creamy design lip pencils.

Consider quality cosmetics

Cheap makeup can slide on the skin. The quality cosmetic tends to get painful on the wallet but the results are worthwhile. Always go for high-quality cosmetics but not necessarily pricey. Buy from a reputable product line since they are the best bet and most likely safe and effective. It’s good to invest in yourself by getting quality cosmetics that appears great with your skin type.

Create a daily skin care routine

Repetition is the key to success with most skin care products. Having a daily routine is important for any chosen cosmetics but especially with creams. It may take long before seeing improvements with your chosen remedies but you should not be discouraged. If you have any doubt about the most appropriate skin care product to use don’t   hesitate to ask a dermatologist.

Facial cleanser choices

You should completely avoid harsh cleansers since they will possibly respond unfavorably along with your skin type.…

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[ Tanning Tips ]

Tanning tips for beginners

The skin has special cells known as melanocytes that produce a skin pigment known as melanin. Melanin protects your skin cells from ultraviolet rays damage through a process known as tanning. Tanning beds stimulate melanocytes within your skin to give the ideal brown glow. Here are the tips to get that beautiful glow.

  1. Apply Aloe before lotion

Aloe Vera is a natural skin moisturizer and it protects your skin from  sunburn. It provides the body with moisture before lying inside the tanning bed. Aloe can also be used for post-tanning in case of a burn since it cools the body from the excess heat absorbed through your tanning session. It also furnishes the body with nutrition.

  1. Remove make ups and deodorant

Deodorant and make-up blocks the sun from  fully reaching the skin to tan. By removing all makeup and deodorant you get a lavish tan on your armpit areas and the face. This gives you the glow you have been wishing for.

  1. Choose Your Lotion

It’s very important to choose a lotion that suits you before any  tanning process. There are two types of lotions bronzer and accelerator. The accelerator gives the tanning process a boost. You should apply the bronzer all over the body to get a full tan effect. Always be cautious around the folds and crevices of the skin because bronzer builds up faster and it can cause side effects.

  1. Consider Time

After the above steps, you ready to begin your tanning session. If you are a beginner only go for about five minutes.This seems like  a short time but its effective to avoid burning and build up the tan properly.

  1. Expose certain areas slowly

Some parts of our body rarely see the light. These areas should be exposed slowly to prevent burning. You may cover up these areas for the first half of your tanning session to build up a tolerance and avoid rapid burn-tan. This helps in maintaining tawny glow all throughout your body.

  1. Do wash off lotion and Aloe immediately

For a long lasting and beautiful tawny glow, don’t wash off your tanning lotion or Aloe Vera immediately. Your skin is still processing the tan effect from ultraviolet rays. This will allow your skin to replenish itself from the ultraviolet rays and dry out melanocytes from tanning.


The above tanning tips will see you through your first tanning session. You should follow all the above-given procedures in order to get the perfect glow you wish for. Use the tanning lotion as directed to prevent skin damage and burning.…

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[ Tanning Tips ]

Sunless tanning vs. UV tanning – Which is better?

As long as media continues to extol radiant sun-kissed complexions more people will be willing to experiment different methods of tanning and tanning products. This is why tanning trends do not seem to be out of fashion anytime soon. Many people ignore the fact that there are natural ways to get tanned without any skin damage.

Spray tanning

Spray tanner is a DHA-based solution that is applied all over the body to produce the bronzed brown color. Spray tan is safe for external application but dangerous  for ingestion. While using a spray –on tanner  ensure that your eyes, mouth, and nose are well protected.Inhaling  the spray tanner  is very risky since it can  damage your DNA. Most tanning salons offer spray tan booths and also airbrush tanning for better results. One spray tan session costs between $30-$ 50 while airbrush tanning session starts from $50. The color produced after using a spray tan lasts for a week and then starts to fade meaning you need to follow up with another session to maintain the glossy look.


These are products that are used to achieve a tanned glowing skin. This product includes tanning lotions, creams, bronzers, and mousse. Self-tanners are the safe to use since there is no risk of sun exposure. The tan produced lasts for one week but if carefully maintained the color can be prolonged. Self-tanners costs as low as $6-$9 and for the most expensive ones they go for $ 75.

Tanning beds

This is the most popular form of sunless tanning. It uses synthetic UV rays to produce the skin pigmentation .Tanning beds vary in intensities and levels. One tanning session in a tanning bed costs $ 20 but it can extend up to $50 per session depending on the tanning bed intensities. Tanning beds are not different from sunbathing since the skin damage potential is the same. You should not use tanning beds frequently or spend much time in them since they can damage your skin in a very negative way. Tanning bed end result lasts for 10 days.


Sunlight is the only natural way to get the most natural tan. Many people who live close to the beach always lay out under the sun working on their tans. Sunbathing is the most cost –effective method to achieve a tan you yearn for. The only thing you need is a big outdoor area where you can lay under the sun since sunbathing is free.Exposing yourself to the sun for long is harmful to your health. It can cause skin cancer, wrinkles, and excessive drying. Melanoma is a deadly skin cancer that is highly linked to sun exposure. Sunbathing natural tan can last for 10 days but it all depends on your maintenance.


Sunless tanning is better compared to UV tanning since your skin is not exposed to any burning. Sunless tanning saves on your time and money. A self-tanning lotion or mousse can last for three sessions and the maintenance of the tan is easy.Using tanning beds or sunbathing  exposes your skin to skin cancer risk and the maintenance is expensive.…

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[ Tanning Tips ]

Natural tips for a sun tanned dark skin

During sun tanning, our body produces melanin which protects the body against harmful UV rays. It also gives you a darker complexion as a result. If you have a dark skin and you tired of wasting money on chemically prepared lotions you can go for the natural way. Here are the best natural tips to get rid of sun tanned dark skin and get back your fair complexion.

Mint leaves

Ground some fresh mints leaves and apply the paste. Leave it for about 20-30 minutes and then wash with cold water. Apply this product frequently for two weeks for worthwhile results.

Tomato and lime juice

Grate some tomato and mix with 3 drops of lime water and apply it on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes before washing off. For good results, you should repeat the application for at least10 days

Milk powder honey lemon and almond oil

Mix 1 tablespoon of milk powder, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey and half tablespoon of almond oil. Apply the paste on your face in circular motions. Leave it for about 20 minutes and then wash off. This remedy gives you a smooth and glowing complexion.


Lemon contains ascorbic acid so it can easily bleach tanned skin. It’s a natural bleaching agent thus it can remove the tan in your face without any side effects. Squeeze lemon into a bowl and soak a cotton ball into it then apply it all over your face and neck. Lemon also gives you a glowing skin. After washing it off apply a good moisturizer since lemon dries the face.

Almonds, milk and lime juice

Soak almonds overnight and remove their skin in the morning. Then grind them and make a paste by adding one tablespoon of milk and 3 drops of lime juice. Apply on your neck and the face and leave it overnight. In the morning wash it off using cold water. Apply the remedy for 15 days for better results.

Potato and lemon juice

Squeeze some lemon juice and grind potato to make a fine thick paste. Apply it on the affected areas like the face. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes until it dries. Wash off with cold water and repeat the application of this remedy twice a week for better results.


If you want to maintain your skin complexion and avoid overspending on chemically prepared creams apply the above tips. You can use aloe Vera leaves mixed with lemon juice to the affected areas .Always eat a balanced diet with increased intake of vitamin C,A and E since they give you a smooth and glowing skin.…

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